Santorum: Senate rebuking Warren not a big deal

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on Wednesday downplayed the Senate's rebuke of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren: Canceling K in student debt could 'transform an entire generation' 10 books that take readers inside the lives of American leaders Schumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (D-Mass.) a night earlier.

“Sometimes you get a little heated on the floor, you directly address a senator, and you call them out on something and then they say, ‘You can’t do that,’ ” Santorum said Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day.”

“In the case of Elizabeth Warren, she didn’t back off. She made those comments; she said she agreed with those comments; and she suffered the consequences.”

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Santorum said the Senate's adherence to longstanding rules should be no surprise to Warren.

“The whole reason for these rules is to keep the temperature down,” he said. "All of this is in place and has been for hundreds of years.”

As Democrats held the Senate floor overnight Tuesday to protest Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDemocrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases Unsealed documents detail Trump and Biden efforts on reporter records MORE's (R-Ala.) nomination to be attorney general, Warren quoted a 1986 letter that Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote opposing Sessions's nomination for a federal judgeship at the time.

The Senate voted to bar Warren from speaking on the floor, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellS.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Business groups urge lawmakers to stick with bipartisan infrastructure deal MORE (R-Ky.) said Warren had violated chamber rules and “impugned” President Trump’s Cabinet nominee.

“[Sessions] made derogatory and racist comments that should have no place in our justice system,” Warren said. "To put Sen. Sessions in charge of the Department of Justice is an insult to African-Americans.”